Hi everyone. I am 6 weeks pregnant with my third child. My first was a c-section (which I suspect was unnecessary) and my second was a hospital VBAC. I wanted to get away from regulations like continuous fetal monitoring with the birth of this child so I am going to go to a local birth center - the only birth center within a half hour's drive that takes VBACs. (there is another one about 33 miles away but would take from 40 - 90 minutes to get there depending on traffic, maybe even more)
So I went and took the tour and interviewed one of the midwives and everyone seems nice and the facility seems nice. So I'm trying to pay my deposit and I get a call from the head midwife. She says that in order for them to be allowed to do VBACs they have to follow certain rules. Like having a supportive back-up doc, being near enough to a local hospital, etc. But one of the things she said they had to do was do an ultrasound at around 20 weeks to make sure the placenta wasn't covering my scar.
I have never heard of this before. I did have an ultrasound around 20 weeks with my younger boy, but I don't remember them saying one way or another why the placenta was vis a vis my scar or if it was something they needed to know. I do recall them saying they had to use a nicer u/s machine because they said it was hard to see my son because having a c-section meant I had some scar tissue in my abdomen blocking their view. But can they actually accurately see where my c-section scar is? How often does this happen that the placenta covers the scar? Is it actually dangerous? Does it mean that I have to have a c-section, or just that I'm too "high risk" to have the baby at the birth center?
I'm going to do some research online, but I was wondering if any of you have any experience with this?